Two Short Poems by Two Jewish Poets


         

Two Short Poems by Two Jewish Poets

 
 
 
 

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Yahrzeit

By Richard A. Rosen


Someday I shall be a candle
Burning only for a day,
Illuminating only a memory.
For a while the flame will be stout and strong,
But then it will flicker, as it nears its end.
And in the end, when a candle is lit for my last child,
My flame will go out forever.

* * * * *

The Jew After 2000

By Arthur Weil

My grandson, your grandchildren
Who will they become
Affluent, educated, computerized
Over advertised, numb
Our seed, your seed, from millenniums past
Each century genes passed on
New ones were amassed

I hope, I pray
That this new, eclectic striving Jew
Will reconfirm, rededicate
Rekindle old values, so precious, like new
For our time on earth
So valuable, vivid, so short
We must retain belief in goodness
While selfishness we should abort

From Abraham, Moses, Mimonides to our time
There is a gentle strain of wisdom
Love of mankind most sublime

~~~~~~~

from the November 2006 Edition of the Jewish Magazine

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